Short story: Bought a Little City by Donald Barthelme, from the New Yorker, July 2007. Highly Recommended.
Poem: The Usual by Rachel Sherwood, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from December 2017.
Essay: How We Are Using Drones to Deliver Blood and Save Lives by Keller Rinaudo, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from November 2017. Highly Recommended.